Churches that are alive to God are living communities

Today is a day tinged with considerable sadness as two members of our community, Grace Paynter and Val Fry, much loved sisters in the Lord died within an hour of one another on Wednesday.  While there is a great deal to be thankful for in their lives we miss them.  At the time of writing I have no information regarding their funerals but will make this known as soon as I can. I may be asking for assistance in hospitality here at St Nick’s . Let me know if you can help.

Churches that are alive to God are living communities. We are adopted together through faith in Jesus into our Heavenly Father’s family and become brothers and sisters. We are learning to love one another, to forgive one another, to do conflict well, to serve one another and together to share the mission of Jesus to make known the Good News. Simply put it’s this: God loves us and is longing for us to come home to Him. The way? Trusting in Jesus who makes it possible through His life, death and resurrection. That’s the message we can live and share made possible with His Holy Spirit working in and through us. Do we know it and believe it? Are we placing the weight of our lives on this glorious truth?

We have one mortal life and one death as Christians. As I accompany my brothers and sisters to their deaths the importance of sharing the gospel grows ever stronger within me. Both Val and Grace knew they were loved by God and loved by many of you. They are both fine now and I along with many of you look forward to seeing them again. As St Paul put it ‘to live is Christ to die is gain.’ Philippians 1:21. But we miss them.

Be sensitive to one another. Pray for the families and close friends who are grieving that it may be a good grief. If you did not pick up my letter to the church last week on service structures please do so today. I did not anticipate how relevant some of what I wrote would be to this past week.



Do you 'Belong' to your Church?

This week we are exploring what it means to Belong in our church.  The Good News is that through Jesus, God invites each person to be reconciled to Him and to be adopted into His family.  In His family we share new relationships with others.  We want to welcome all who are interested in exploring this Good News.  With exploration comes growth in Belonging.

How do we Belong together?  We experience this through small groups, Sunday gatherings and many social and service opportunities.  We want to invite people into our life together as they explore trust in Jesus.

We recognise this is a process for all of us.  We are not all the same but Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Corinthians that we are one body with many parts – Unity and Diversity in the Body.

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.                                 1 Corinthians 12:12

Do you yearn to Belong to Christ’s church?  Where do you find your sense of Belonging?